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Find Out Who Mystery Club Meddled With Last Summer in Snack Attack! vol. 2

16 Jun I Know Who You Meddled With Last Summer Mystery Comic
I Know Who You Meddled With Last Summer - art by Jesse Hughes

I Know Who You Meddled With Last Summer – art by Jesse Hughes

 

Mystery Club (and their talking dog) are all about solving mysteries and meddling with folk they ought not meddle with.

 

There’s no way that a lifestyle chasing after unsavory business types

 

Today let’s take a closer look at the second story in Snack Attack vol. 2, a story of betrayal, sabotage and good ol’ fashioned mystery solving- I Know Who You Meddled With Last Summer. This collaboration came together in a different way in that I picked the idea to match the artist and vice versa.

Me and Jesse Hughes of Plummy Press go way back together, we’ve been making Science Girl together for a few years now, but we’ve never had a chance to collaborate on something different. We try to fill Science Girl with as much of the kind of fun cartoony stuff that we grew up with, but it was nice to branch out even further and try something new together. Meddled is based off our shared love of Scooby-Doo and while most of the Snack Attack! stories are influenced by cartoons or kids shows that I grew up with, this is the first story where I just decided to do a straight up parody instead of an homage.

In Meddled we find our heroes, the plucky young gumshoes of Mystery Club, dealing with a mystery that hits close to home. Someone is threatening them, destroying the things they love and leaving behind notes that say “I know who you meddled with last summer.”

But as mystery-loving teens tend to do. Mystery Club has pissed off a lot of shady business people in the past and there’s a long list of potential suspects.

I Know Who You Meddled With Last Summer Rube Goldberg Trap

Mystery Club employs complex Rube Goldberg traps to get things DONE.

When I set out to write the script for Meddled I really wanted to play to Jesse’s cartoonist style, which is something I don’t always get to do when writing Science Girl. So I knew right off the bat that there were two different things I wanted to include in the script. For one, I wanted to include a scene where we see all of the suspects– just so I could have fun coming up with different monster/ghost ideas and that Jesse could have fun coming up with different designs for them.

The other idea I wanted was a Rube Goldberg-esque trap sequence. I always loved those as a kid (with Pee Wee’s breakfast machine being my all-time favorite. ) You might as well call Jesse by the name Kevin McAllistar from now on, cause this dude is a master at setting up traps. He nailed that trap scene– and the rest of the story too. He really brought his cartoonist pencil with him and I’ve always felt Jesse’s a little more of a Disney and Warner Bros. style than a Hanna-Barbara style, so it was cool to see his unique take on a Hanna-Barbara inspired story.

I Know Who You Meddled With Last Summer Mystery Comic

The character of Casey was based off of Shaggy from Scooby Doo and was named after the late Casey Kasem, who voiced Shaggy for many years.

It’s a little strange to be promoting this story now, right after the passing of Casey Kasem, who was the original voice actor for Shaggy, a role he played all the way until 2009. There is a character in Meddled named Casey, who I named as an homage to Casey Kasem. At the time when I wrote the script, I was just doing it to honor a great voice actor that I grew up enjoying (and I always loved it when he showed up on Saved by the Bell, too!)  But now it serves a sort of memorium to the actor.

Will we ever see the likes of Mystery Club again?

Maybe.

I’ve actually considered a sort of weird head-canon that connects the world of Science Girl to Mystery Club, so it’s possible those two worlds could collide sometime in the near future. But for now, you can read all about their exploits in Saturday Morning Snack Attack vol. 2 which is available in the legendary K is for Komics store.  Or of course, you could always read Meddled for free online on the Plummy Press Blog

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Find me at Detroit Fanfare this weekend!

23 Oct
Detroit Fanfare

Don’t miss Detroit Fanfare, one of the best comic shows in town!

This weekend is the big-one for K-Mo. It’s Detroit Fanfare season! This is one of my favorite shows to go to because the second year of the show was the first convention I ever had a table at.  If you like comic conventions with a dedicated focus on comics and comic creators, then you don’t want to miss this one! And for only $20 for the weekend, it’s practically a steal.

I am proud to say that I attended the first-ever Detroit Fanfare convention, but as a con-goer, not a creator. There I got to meet Stan Lee for the first time and I got to sit in on a live discussion of Write or Wrong by the incomparable Dirk Manning.  That was a game-changing convention in the course of my career and the very next year I was set up at Detroit Fanfare with my trusty artist partner, Jesse Hughes selling our very first issue of Science Girl.

This is my third year at Fanfare and though I won’t be premiering any new books this year, I will have plenty of copies of Science Girl and Saturday Morning Snack Attack! on sale. Come by, say hi and participate in the coolest convention in town.

Kids Read Comics 2013 – Kids Are Still Reading Comics

4 Apr krc_logo_horizontal

Kids Read ComicsGood news everyone!

Everybody’s youth oriented comic extravaganza, is returning to the Ann Arbor District Library this coming June 22-23! Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a librarian or just a comic fan, this is a great free event with lots of amazing creators and plenty of hands-on interaction.

Oh, and did I mention that I’ll be there, along with Mr. Plummy Press himself, Jesse Hughes? Well it’s official, so you don’t want to miss out! And while you’re at it, you might as well pick up a few copies of Science Girl: Double Feature too!

We’ll see you there! (And then off to Frita Batidos for dinner afterwards.)

Team Science at Green Brain Comics

29 Oct
Green Brain Comics

Meet Team Science at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit area, stop by Green Brain Comics in beautiful downtown Dearborn on Wednesday, November 16th from 4:oo-7:00 PM and pick up your copy of Science Girl #1!

Team Science– that’s myself and artist Jesse Hughes— will be signing copies of our premiere issue of Science Girl. Following the signing is the monthly Green Brain Art Jam, so come for the science and stay for the arts!

Green Brain Comics is located at 13210 Michigan Ave., on the corner of Jonathan Street in Dearborn MI. Green Brain Comics was voted Best Comic Book Store in the Metro Detroit area four years in a row by the readers of Metro Times.

Click here for directions.

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